Here’s an interesting proposal for how to deal with carbon taxes, that Jeff from Sustainblog has already mentioned, from a NREL researcher in Boulder, Colorado – Chaz Teplin. The site is Fair Price Energy, and a PDF of the proposal is available also.
Essentially, the plan is to implement a Security Fee that would be directly related to how that fuel or source of energy compromises our national security, and a Carbon Fee — there would be high carbon fees for energy sources that contribute large amounts of greenhouse gases or are dangerous to extract (e.g., coal, oil, natural gas), while cleaner technologies (e.g., nuclear, wind, and solar) would have no carbon fees at all.
But average people would probably object to any plan where they have to pay extra, so there’s a built in relief valve: a “Fee Return” refund in their Income Taxes that would be equal to the total fees collected for the entire country during the year divided by the total number of US taxpayers.
It’s simple, and addresses the problem, as far as I can see – and at the same time minimizing the burden on the average citizen. What objections could there still be?